What You Need to Know about Bicycle Accidents Involving Bike Lane Intrusions

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 18, 2013

Washington Bike Lane AccidentsWashington State has invested a substantial amount of money into adding bike lanes on busy roadways. These lanes are meant to provide a safe haven for bicyclists where riders won’t have to worry about vehicles crashing into them. Unfortunately, bike lane intrusion accidents do happen, and they often result in serious or fatal injuries. It is important to understand the many causes of bike lane accidents.

Washington bicycle accidents can happen even when a bicyclist is legally riding within a bike lane. These types of accidents typically involve a car colliding with the back of the bicycle or motorists swerving into bikes. Common causes of these types of collisions include:

  • Distracted driving: Motorists who are looking at their cell phones are more likely to drift into the bike lane.
  • Drunk driving: Drivers who are impaired have a tendency to swerve off the roadway.
  • Fatigued driving: Washington motorists who are feeling drowsy may miss a curve in the roadway or begin to drift out of their lanes without realizing they are entering the bike lane.
  • Dangerous turns: It is common for drivers to make a turn or to enter traffic without first looking for bicyclists.

All riders would be well advised to increase their visibility by wearing bright and reflective clothing. Unfortunately, even riders who are wearing the correct gear can suffer a serious or fatal accident in the event that a car veers into the bike lane. Head injuries, neck injuries and bone fractures can result in medical costs, lost wages and substantial pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a Washington bicycle accident, please contact the skilled personal injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. We provide free case evaluations at 888-228-3860 on all bicycle accident claims.

Related Articles:

Our Case Results

Degloving Injury$2,400,000
Degloving Injury
from defective power winch.
Wrongful Death$1,925,000
Wrongful Death
from head-on van accident.
Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
Wrongful Death
from highway design defect.
Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
Wrongful Death$460,695
Wrongful Death
oncoming traffic accident.
Rear-End Collision$450,000
Rear-End Collision
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$390,000
Car Accident
resulting in fractured leg.
Car Sideswipe$390,000
Car Sideswipe
resulting in injured back.
Head-On Collision$372,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in fractured pelvis.
Car Accident$360,000
Car Accident
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$275,000
Car Accident
resulting in jaw fracture.
Overturned Truck$230,000
Overturned Truck
resulting in broken ribs.
Head-On Collision$230,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in shoulder injury.
Motorcycle Accident$225,000
Motorcycle Accident
resulting in leg fracture.

Written by Joseph Pendergast, this book is designed to help people who have suffered a personal injury understand their rights and the steps to take to be sure they get the compensation they deserve.

Connect With Us

Share This Page

Our Office

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.
555 South Renton Village Pl. Suite 640
Renton, WA 98057
(888) 228-3860
(425) 228-3860 / (253) 445-3860

From Our Blog

Joseph Pendergast Given 2018 Clients’ Choice Award

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.

Disclaimer: The legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth herein are based upon the facts of that particular case and do not represent a promise or guarantee. Please contact an attorney for a consultation on your particular traffic accident matter. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Washington.

© 2018 Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. - All rights reserved. Serving the communities throughout Washington, including Bellevue, Renton and Seattle.

Website Design, SEO and Legal Internet Marketing by: SLS ConsultingSLS Consulting | Privacy | Disclaimer |Blog Sitemap |Blog Archives